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Imaging the living brain

Scientists and doctors can study your brain in several ways. They can create an image of the inside of the brain (using CAT and MRI scans), measure how active it is (using an EEG), and find out which parts are active when doing particular tasks (using fMRI and PET scans). Some brain research involves artificially activating parts of the brain, to see what they do (using TMS).

MRI scans of the brain.
MRI scans of the brain.
Herchel Smith Laboratory, University of Cambridge

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